Unlock your Genetic code and take the guess work out of working out!

30/10/2018
Unlock your Genetic code and take the guess work out of working out!

If you’ve ever wondered why your body doesn’t respond to exercise or nutrition as quickly as you’d like the answer may lie in your DNA.

How does DNA influence your response to fitness?

The primary function of DNA is to regulate the production of proteins that we need for everyday function and health. These may be enzymes that help breakdown food, antibodies that protect us against disease, or hormones that send messages to and from the brain.

There are also a number of proteins which influence your response to different workout, nutrition and lifestyle strategies. By unlocking your individual genome and understanding your production levels of these proteins, we can then identify the best exercise, nutrition and lifestyle strategies that you are most likely to respond to.

With advancements in testing technology it’s now never been easier to take a test and get some of the answers. That’s why we are partnering  with UK-based DNA analysis providers FitnessGenes in early 2019 to help you optimise your fitness by unlocking your unique genetic makeup.

As well as identifying the individual genetic variations that you carry, our latest service will provide insights into your optimal workout, nutrition and lifestyle strategies to help you achieve your fitness goals as efficiently as possible.

What can I learn from my DNA?

The genetic insights that you receive from a test are normally divided into three categories: exercise, nutrition and lifestyle.

Exercise

By looking at the genes that influence your response to different exercise strategies, you’ll learn how to structure your workouts to ensure that you are making every workout count. Some of the questions your genetic insights will answer include:

  • How many times a week should I exercise?
  • Am I a high volume or a low volume responder?
  • Do I need short or long rest periods between sets and intervals?
  • Should I perform exercises quickly or slowly?

Nutrition

Regarding your nutrition and diet, the DNA analysis can identify your optimal calorie and macronutrient blueprint to make sure you are getting enough of the right foods for proper recovery and improved body composition results. Some of the questions your genetic insights will answer include:

  • How many calories should I eat per day based on my calories?
  • How should I divide these daily calories between carbohydrates, fats and protein?
  • Which types of fats are good for me, and which should I avoid?
  • Do I have increased fibre requirements?
  • Am I lactose tolerant or intolerant?

Lifestyle

The final insight category looks at lifestyle changes you should consider to improve both health and physical performance. These cover a range of topics from sleep quality, to supplements, to snacking tendencies. Some of the questions your genetic insights will answer include:

  • Am I a fast or slow metaboliser of caffeine?
  • Do I have an increased preference for sugary snacks?
  • Which vitamins and minerals do I have an increased requirement for?
  • How can I improve the quality of my sleep?

Genetic testing doesn’t do the work for you but can save you time, money and effort along the way.